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  • May 26th, 2015 @ 5:59pm

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    I recently opened Facebook while I was on a VPN and they locked me out. I had a much tougher time than any forgot password recovery. I had to make several attempts to identify friends photos that in many cases were their pets, kids, ancestors, friends of friends, schoolmates I hadn't seen in 40 years. After each failed attempt I was prevented from trying again for an hour. I finally lucked out and enough the photos were of the actual person I had seen in the last 10 years and got my account back. All this because Facebook saw me logging in from Dallas instead of my usual IP. Yet someone can get enough info on me to file a fake tax return.

  • May 26th, 2015 @ 4:50pm

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    I have always wondered why so many financial institutions still use mother's maiden name as a security question. This information is very easily obtained for just about anyone. Even if that wasn't pretty much public record already, what if a relative wants to rip you off? I grew up in the 60's so it wouldn't be a stretch to guess the Beatles are my favorite band and a few people might remember my first pet's name but mother's maiden name is about a secure as using 123456 or password as a password.

  • May 14th, 2015 @ 11:49pm

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    Congress is supposed to represent the citizens that voted them into office. None of them could possibly be unaware that there is massive public opposition to TPP. Senator Wyden's Facebook page has been flooded with thousands of posts blasting him for his position on TPP and fast track. After his Washington office phone number was posted everywhere he got so many messages against TPP that the number was changed. They backed off SOPA when they realized that it was poison for their career. Why haven't they gotten the message on this? Are they all total slaves to the big cooperations funneling millions to them that they don't care what the voters think? Government of the cooperations, by the cooperations and of the cooperations.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 11:12pm

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    Does this really matter? If the leadership in congress doesn't kill this bill or at least strip it down like the last one the president will veto it. Even if it does get through it will not change anything. This country is not led by congress or the president and certainly not by the will of the citizens. Three letter agencies and big money interests hold all the power. The surveillance will continue. They will do it in secret and take extreme precautions against any more leaks. If providers don't give them data they will hack in and get it anyway.

  • May 6th, 2015 @ 8:13pm

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    As freaked out as they are about terrorism you would think they would be interested in them since some of them endorse killing cops and other violence. That is, if you are some famous rapper and not some 16 year old kid posting them to his Facebook page. Then you get hit with a felony that follows you all your life just for being a stupid kid.

  • May 6th, 2015 @ 4:29pm

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    I always thought the big stink over Louie Louie was hilarious. I played in bands as a kid in the 60's and when everybody would play this song we would try to come up with the dirtiest lyrics we could. Maybe the FBI should have investigated us instead of the Kingsmen. We were almost sure we heard the line "Stuck my finger in the hole of love" and another line included "across the bed". The real lyrics were eventually released back then so we sang them when our audience was not appropriate for the dirty versions and kept the nastiest lyrics for frat parties.

  • May 1st, 2015 @ 7:48pm

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    I guess it may depend on management in different areas. AT&T DSL and Verizon wireless are the only other choices here. I had the Verizon on my laptop and a lot of the time I was lucky to get 100 Kbps when it wasn't losing the signal completely. Amazing that with no real competition that Cox has given me such good service for years. They even give a discount on your next bill if the tech doesn't show up in the time slot they schedule.

  • May 1st, 2015 @ 1:28pm

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    I don't rely on brief speed tests for my Cox. I go by times on longer downloads and at least in my area Cox is pretty consistently giving me the speed I'm supposed to be getting.

  • May 1st, 2015 @ 1:19pm

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    I have an idea. My AT&T landline was twice what Cox is charging and I would have had to paid extra for caller ID. Back in the dial up days I had AT&T for internet. Calling for service was being put on hold for 20 or 30 minutes at a time only to be told several times that I was talking to the wrong department. They would then transfer me for another long hold only to be told the same thing and another long wait while a recording came on every 20 seconds telling me how important my call was. If my call is so important, answer the fucking thing! the main problem was my AT&T phone had so much noise on the line my modem would keep cutting out. They never fixed the problem.

  • May 1st, 2015 @ 9:58am

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    I guess I'm lucky that I have Cox. I have always gotten the speeds I was promised. My package I have now is unlimited. I switched my phone when I changed and they saved me enough over what I was paying AT&T that it really isn't that much more. I also saved by dropping TV that I never watched but they only blocked analog and I still get a lot of HD digital channels. Service has always been pretty good.If you call by noon they usually get out here the same day. I've even called later than that have had someone here in an hour or two. When it's an area outage it's usually not longer than a couple of hours unless there was a big storm that knocked down a lot of poles.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 8:32pm

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    It is true that a lot of people at times have been angry enough to experience the urge to kill. For normal people reason takes over before they get the gun or ball bat. Thankfully very few want to die killing others but this guy made his intentions very clear. He was quick to jump at the chance when the undercover agents recruited him. Maybe this idiot couldn't get laid so he wanted his 72 virgins. Personally I am glad this guy is behind bars. Whether he had a lot of means makes little difference. It just is not that hard to get your hands on a gun or other weapon.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 5:06pm

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    I can look at my CD collection and count a number of them that I would never have bought if I hadn't heard a song that I liked on the radio. It is advertising for them and the demands for payment could be justifiably from the stations and not the other way around. Payola didn't end because of the scandals in the 50's Read the Wikipedia article about it. The record industry has continued to use loopholes in the law to pay stations to promote what they want. It just doesn't seem logical. They are willing to pay to play and at the same time demanding payment for what amounts to advertising for them.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 4:29pm

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    If someone threatens to kill me I can have them arrested. The threat alone is a crime. Just because he did not name a specific target does not make him any less potentially dangerous. He made it very clear that he wanted to kill people and become a martyr. Just try making a statement that you intend to kill the president and see how long it takes before SWAT is kicking down your door. Even if you are a total whack job and not stand the slightest chance of getting past the president's security you will still go to jail.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 7:28pm

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    In this case I think they might have actually done a good thing in creating a way to get this dumb shit off the streets. He seemed hellbent on committing some kind of terrorist act and willing to die in the process. He obviously wasn't very bright posting his intentions online and admitting that he only wanted to join the service to kill people. Real terrorists operate under extreme secrecy and often cells working on the same plot don't even know the identity of the other participants. As ignorant as this guy is, he likely would have eventually done something stupid and killed somebody. The statements that he wasn't a threat probably were a diversion and the FBI intended from the beginning that they would do something to get him locked away. Many criminals that commit violent acts are just as dumb as this guy yet they still find some way to carry it out.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 12:10am

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    Few artists from my youth will ever be public domain. I may live long enough to see a few that met an untimely young death. If I make it to 75 Buddy Holly will be public domain. I'll have to make it into my 90's for Jimi and Janis. Since many artists from that time of my life are still living it looks like My great grandchildren will be in their 50's when copyright expires and I'll be long dead.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 7:06pm

    Re: Ask Todd ...

    I just checked out this album on Rhapsody. There was no intention at all to hide that it was supposed to sound like the Beatles. It certainly qualifies as parody. I read that George Harrison endorsed it.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 5:41pm

    Re: Ask Todd ...

    Todd's most original work was with the band Nazz before he went solo.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 5:13pm

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    It's not. If I remember right the decision was also that it wasn't intentional. I am a musician and have tried my hand at writing but it seems that every time I think I have come up with something original I realize that it just sounds too much like some well known song. Every artist builds on previous influences.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 6:24pm

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    I have a hand gesture for them. It involves an extended middle finger. Is there going to be some claim on flipping the bird?

  • Feb 26th, 2015 @ 1:36pm

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    A search for this film shows 120 download links in various quality from just one popular linking site. I think the horse has not only left the barn but is embarking on a world wide tour. But let's make sure we now lock that barn door now.

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